No. 24 Long Beach State Opens Season with 1-1 Draw Against CSUN
Goalkeeper Imani McDonald secured the tie in the final seconds with a save
LONG BEACH, Calif. – No. 24 Long Beach State opened the 2017 season at George Allen Field in a non-conference contest against Big West foe CSUN. The two teams played each other to a 1-1 draw in double overtime that saw junior goalkeeper keep the Matadors from scoring in the final seconds of the match with a diving save to end the game.
The season opener for both teams saw LBSU (0-0-1) out-shoot CSUN (0-0-1) 13-9 and hold the edge in corner kicks, 4-2, as well as saves, 5-4.
Long Beach State tallied five shots in the first period, while limiting CSUN to just two. In the second period, the Beach rattled off seven shots to the Matadors’ three. In that half, Kirsten Von Meter broke the scoreless tie in the 51st minute of action to put CSUN up 1-0.
The Matadors’ lead would last less than 20 minutes as the Beach put the pressure on and earned a penalty kick at 72:58. Senior forward Ashley Gonzales scored her first goal of the year on the PK, knotting the score once again and sending the game into overtime.
The overtime periods saw CSUN come out aggressively on offensive, but the Long Beach State defense rose to the challenge and kept the Matadors off the board. In fact, McDonald recorded four of her five goals in the final 20 minutes of action.
McDonald’s final save of the game was her biggest yet. CSUN drew a corner kick with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second overtime period and Marissa Favela headed the ball towards the net with two ticks left on the clock. However, McDonald left her feet and made a diving save as the clock expired.
Long Beach State was led offensively by Gonzales who had a team-high six shots with two shots on goal and a goal which goes down in the books as her 29th career goal, tying her for fourth all-time at LBSU.
The offensive team effort by the Beach saw Erica Stephan record two shots, both of which were on goal, while Katie Pingel, Tori Bolden, Kaylee Ramirez, Rocio Rodriguez and Taylor Bistline added one shot a piece.
For CSUN, Favela led the Matadors with five shots, four of which were on target. Meanwhile, Cynthia Sanchez added a pair, while Bret Guarino and Von Meter posted the remaining two shots.
Long Beach State will return to action on Sunday, August 20, when the Beach host No. 9/6 UCLA at George Allen Field at 7 p.m.
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